Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4
Droog Jun 15, 2013 @ 9:42pm
Key Features: No Random Battles!?
Was it the same way with the first two? Looking to check out these games, but I've never been a fan of no random battle RPGs. Does anyone who's played them feel that it takes away from the old school RPG experience?
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morbosfist Jun 16, 2013 @ 12:15am 
It does make grinding a mite harder. And yes, all of them were random battle-less, but 3 had the arena with redoable battles.
ReBoot Jun 16, 2013 @ 4:57am 
All the Peny Arcade games have no random battles (expect for a really wacky retro sequence in EP3). I think, the comparison goes to Zeboyd's first two games which were full with random battles.
Tavi Jun 16, 2013 @ 8:02am 
It does make leveling up your team a bit harder....but I honestly don't mind there being no random battles. The frustration I got from just wanting to walking somewhere and having to do a million battles in between...
Bisen Jun 16, 2013 @ 8:39am 
I prefer no random battles. Let's you actually explore and move around.
sambo32578 Jun 16, 2013 @ 10:26am 
it's not bad at all. it helps them control character level so they can control difficulty of the game. A lot of the enemies are strategically placed in front of chest or blocking a path to continue. but mainly it's so you can not completely over power your character and run through the game.
ReBoot Jun 16, 2013 @ 11:04am 
Originally posted by sambo32578:
so you can not completely over power your character and run through the game.
Except that this is a key part in PC RPGs. Do alot of sidequests and exploration and the battles will be way easier later because of the additional levels.
DPB Jun 16, 2013 @ 12:00pm 
Originally posted by ReBoot:
Originally posted by sambo32578:
so you can not completely over power your character and run through the game.
Except that this is a key part in PC RPGs. Do alot of sidequests and exploration and the battles will be way easier later because of the additional levels.

That's the same in this, there's a decent amount of optional content and doing it all will make the final dungeon significantly easier. But it still won't be a walk in the park, since there's no respawning monsters (thankfully).
ReBoot Jun 16, 2013 @ 12:10pm 
Originally posted by DPB:
That's the same in this, there's a decent amount of optional content and doing it all will make the final dungeon significantly easier. But it still won't be a walk in the park, since there's no respawning monsters (thankfully).
Of course. I just wanted to point out that overpowering your character is a big part in RPGs.
Monsieur Eek Jun 16, 2013 @ 4:11pm 
The battles and structure of the game actually remind me a lot of Final Fantasy XIII, except you're not on a leash for the first ten hours or so, thankfully.
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Droog Jun 16, 2013 @ 7:23pm 
Thanks everyone for the feedback! Sounds good. I think I'll give them a shot.
Rapscallion, The Gamer Jun 25, 2013 @ 2:09pm 
I played lots of old school rpgs, but I prefer them without random battles. Yes, I can't overpower my party by grinding, but I find random battles really annonying when I'm not grinding. It gets in the way of exploring, it doesn't matter if the battle is easy or hard, it forces you to stop doing what you are doing.
Blucynder Jun 30, 2013 @ 7:26pm 
my only problem is lack of cash to upgrade gear and items. i was expecting an arena like in 3 so i spent my money and now near the end i regret it
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Svidro Jul 1, 2013 @ 11:48pm 
Yeah, I gotta say the lack of random battles made insane VERY interesting. Hell, took me like 10 tries to get through the second battle, sadly. I played all the way through on normal, but I learned NOTHING about the game till I had to go through on insane. If I'd just powered up my characters grinding, I probably would still be clueless about just what you can accomplish with the right combinations.

That said, if you do all the extra stuff in underhell, you are, sadly, overpowered and overhell is a joke even on insane.
ReBoot Jul 4, 2013 @ 11:10am 
Originally posted by msnelson:
That said, if you do all the extra stuff in underhell, you are, sadly, overpowered and overhell is a joke even on insane.
That's kinda the point of doing all the extra stuff.
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